“I feel that with this program, I’m building good connections I can use in my professional career after I graduate. The professors are all so approachable, and I am always excited to go to class.”
Tell us about your personal and professional background.
I’m from northern Minnesota, and I was a high school English teacher for close to 10 years before I realized libraries were where I wanted to work. Within three months of becoming the branch librarian in my town, I was applying to DU’s Master of Library and Information Science program. I knew libraries in some form was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.
Why did you choose to pursue a Master of Library and Information Science?
My grandfather was a public librarian for 40 years, and he also earned his MLIS from DU in the mid-60s. My fondest memories were coming into the library when he had to work, and it was all dark, and I got to turn on the lights. When I changed careers, I didn’t know if libraries were going to be a thing for me, but as soon as I walked in and got to turn on those lights again, I realized this was the place for me.
How has this program prepared you for success as an information leader in your community in today’s information era?
I really like how varied the classes are. I started out thinking I might stay in public libraries, but after taking a reference and archiving class, I was really able to explore more career options. I now feel prepared to go into a new path. I know that the professors have to put out a lot of information in 10 weeks, but everything is so well planned out that you know you’re getting a comprehensive study of the subject.
What has your experience interacting with faculty been like during your time in the program?
I love the interaction! This is my second master’s degree online, and the first was just “here’s the syllabus, turn everything in on time, and we’ll give you your grade.” There was no interaction with students or faculty. I feel that with this program, I’m building good connections I can use in my professional career after I graduate. The professors are all so approachable, and I am always excited to go to class.
How have you benefited from earning your degree using MLIS@Denver’s innovative online platform?
I really benefit from hands-on learning. I come from a humanities background, so switching to a more statistical focus in my studies was daunting, but having the professors and other students right there is a big help. I have reached out and had one-on-one meetings with professors multiple times. Everyone is so excited to teach that you feel less like a student and more like a collaborator.
What is one thing you want a prospective MLIS@Denver student to know?
I’m not going to lie and say that because you get to sit at home, this isn’t a lot of work, but it is so beneficial. I have yet to take a class where I’ve said, “This won’t help me in my future.” Even if the class focuses more on public libraries, and I’m planning to become an archivist, I still feel I can utilize so many elements from all of my classes. Not only will you feel your work is appreciated in your classes, you will be creating skills that will help you for the rest of your career.